Humans Get Along More Often Than We Give Ourselves Credit For

There are seven billion of us now and contrary to the evening news we all get along, kind of.

Humans have a bunch of things that we are pretty unified about.  We don’t like killing.  We don’t like stealing.  There are definite things in the area of disgust and so forth that everybody seems to react to. It’s sort of built into us and so when you think about it there are seven billion of us now and contrary to the evening news we all get along, kind of.

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The Crucial Distinction Between Scientists and Science

Michael Gazzaniga: Scientists we sometimes get annoyed with, but not science.

I like to make the distinction between scientists and science.  Scientists are folks like me and you and everybody else.  We’re humans and we have all the properties of most humans.  There is egotistic.  There is modest.  There is bravado.  There are all these things.  There is overstatement.  There is understatement. 

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Does Scientific Analysis Diminish the Value of Art?

Michael Gazzaniga: Why does the human always seem to like fiction? Could it be that it prepares us for unexpected things that happen in our life? 

Some people who love the metaphors that come out of literature and the arts want to leave those metaphors whole and untouched by analysis. For instance, why do we like those metaphors? Why do certain metaphors seem to help our thinking?

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What Scientists Spend Our Time Thinking About

Science gets things right and it takes a long time and it takes a lot of chatter to get there.

I think science is fantastic because it plods along pulling away the exuberance of sciences from the actual facts that are before us so that science comes along and gets things right as to how things work and it takes a long time and it takes a lot of chatter to get there.

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